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ENGLEWOOD Womens Royce Freeman Jersey , Colo. (AP) — Phillip Lindsay is taking the NFL by storm. He’s also taking it all in stride.“I am just playing football, that’s it,” the Denver Broncos running back said after becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history to eclipse 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two NFL games.“I am just playing football for our team. I don’t think of things like that.”Keeping his head down has always been Lindsay’s style.The 5-foot-8, 190-pound sparkplug was undeterred when he wasn’t invited to the NFL combine and was bypassed by 32 teams in the draft despite piling up nearly 5,000 yards from scrimmage and scoring 39 touchdowns at the University of Colorado.“I mean, since when have I not been the underdog?” Lindsay said after signing a $15,000 bonus this spring to try out for his hometown Broncos.He quickly made his mark on special teams and worked his way into the first-stringer drills as a third-down back and slot receiver, and he hastily won over his teammates, too.“Guys like that in the league, you just can’t cover them,” Von Miller said after getting his first glimpse of the man who earned the nickname “Tasmanian Devil” for his frenetic style. “They’re just assets to the offense. You have to have a back like that and we definitely have one.”Lindsay gained 102 yards in his debut against Seattle , scoring on a 29-yard pass play. On Sunday, he topped that with a 111-yard performance in Denver’s 20-19 comeback win over Oakland that included 107 yards on 14 carries.Lindsay, who won over Hall of Famer Terrell Davis by asking his permission to don jersey No. 30 , is still awed by the opportunity to play for the team he grew up watching.“For me, it’s just a great opportunity to go out there,” Lindsay said. “I am just happy we got the W. It’s on to the next. We have a big game next weekend and we are going to go away.”The Broncos (2-0) visit Baltimore (1-1) next weekend, and you can bet the Ravens will spend plenty of time preparing for the rookie running back who already has 178 yards on 29 carries for a whopping 6.1-yard average — even if he won’t be starting.Coach Vance Joseph said Monday that Lindsay remains the third stringer behind starter and fellow rookie Royce Freeman and third-year pro Devontae Booker, who has five carries for 21 yards and two catches for 11 yards so far.“Our deal with that room is more of game planning, it’s what they do best, it’s who has the hot hand that day,” Joseph said. “So, we don’t have to make a depth chart change to give him more carries or to give Royce more carries or to give Book more opportunities. It’s really what we do and to have three guys who are all different, it’s really tough on defenses.“So, he can be the 3 and still get 10 touches or 12 or 14 or Book can be the 2 and still get seven or eight. So, it doesn’t matter who’s the starter.”Look at Sunday’s game as evidence: Freeman started but only got 16 snaps, less than Booker (22) and Lindsay (28).General manager John Elway has received plenty of kudos for his 2018 draft class but the gem so far has been the one player nobody drafted.A Colorado alum himself, Joseph was no stranger to Lindsay’s talents.“It’s hard to believe he didn’t go to the combine,” Joseph said recently. “Obviously he’s a Buff, so I’ve watched Phillip for three years as a starter in a major conference. He was a great player. We were all surprised he didn’t go to the combine, and obviously signing him as a free agent was tough because we drafted two backs. We pursued him heavy and he stayed home.”The Broncos selected Freeman in the third round and Arkansas’ David Williams in the seventh.While Williams toils on Denver’s practice squad, Freeman has rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for a solid 4.3-yard average through two games.The Broncos started out Sunday with three three-and-outs as Freeman, who would score on a 1-yard run in the second half, ran twice for minus-1 yard and 1 yard before Lindsay broke free for a 53-yard gain.“I am here to be our spark player,” Lindsay said. “I am here to make sure I get my teammates going, whether it is on a punt, if it is on a kickoff or kickoff return, anything. I am going to do what I have to do to get our team moving.” When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl.Now they are searching for consistency.“Each week — and (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz mentioned it and it’s true,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson says, “you’re two plays away from maybe being 0-4 and two plays away from being 4-0. That’s how tight this thing really is.”Coming off its championship season Philly has won twice at home and fallen twice on the road, last week blowing a 14-point lead to lose in overtime at Tennessee. The defense remains stout much of the time, but fell apart in key spots at the Titans Courtland Sutton Jersey , especially in OT.“Therefore, with that being said,” Pederson adds, “as coaches we got to make sure we’re doing our part to prepare our players and get them ready for those situations.”Minnesota’s dilemma is deeper. While the Eagles are just a half-game out of the NFC East lead, the Vikings are 1-2-1 and trail Chicago and Green Bay in the NFC North.Most important, Minnesota must find a running game, ranking last. If Dalvin Cook can get healthy, it would be a huge help.“It has been difficult,” coach Mike Zimmer says. “We have to be patient with it, No. 1. Honestly, a little bit has been dictated with some of the scores throughout the last couple ballgames. It’s important for us to have balance. It keeps the defensive line from pinning their ears back all the time. I think it helps the football team overall. We just have to do a better job.”The weekend began Thursday night with New England’s 38-24 home victory over Indianapolis.Tom Brady reached 500 touchdown passes and New England (3-2) won its second straight after a mediocre start to the season Brady also tied Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, a former teammate, for most NFL victories with 226. Indianapolis dropped to 1-4.Off are Tampa Bay (2-2) and Chicago (3-1).Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle (2-2)The Seahawks‘ former Legion of Boom might have given LA’s booming attacking fits. This group, while well coached and aggressive, figures to struggle with an offense that comes with 10 days off and has three wideouts who eclipsed 100 yards receiving last game: Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Plus, the Rams are no slouches on defense.Seattle’s season, despite two straight wins, got messier when it lost star safety Earl Thomas (broken leg) and tight end Will Dissly (patellar tendon) for the year. Thomas’s parting gesture to the Seahawks sideline was not quite complimentary.Miami (3-1) at Cincinnati (3-1)Despite some awful statistics including being outgained by 435 yards and outscored 90-82, Miami leads the AFC East. Of course, it was routed in New England last weekend. The Dolphins do lead the league with nine interceptions.Also on top of their division, tied with Baltimore in the AFC North, the Bengals are struggling on defense, too. They rank last on third downs, allowing opponents to convert 57 percent. But the offense has sizzled, especially in the red zone: Cincinnati has scored in its past 34 trips, the longest active streak in the NFL.Baltimore (3-1) at Cleveland (1-2-1)Here’s a matchup the former team from Cleveland loves. Baltimore has won five straight and 18 of the past 20 meetings under coach John Harbaugh.While defense always is the calling card for the Ravens, Joe Flacco has eight TD passes, only two interceptions, and Justin Tucker could make field goals Sunday kicking from Lake Erie.Oddly, this is the final intradivision road game for the Ravens, who beat Pittsburgh and lost to Cincinnati.Cleveland can play some D, too. It has a league-high 13 takeaways and DE Myles Garrett, the top overall choice in the 2017 draft, has 4 1/2 sacks this season and 11 1/2 in 15 games. He made a career-best nine tackles last week in an OT loss in Oakland.Jacksonville (3-1) at Kansas City (4-0)A matchup of elite AFC teams in which Kansas City’s powerful offense led by emerging star quarterback Patrick Mahomes (14 TD passes, no interceptions, NFL-best 15 passes of at least 25 yards) faces the league’s best defense. Jacksonville excels particularly in pass coverage, and the perspective matchup of cornerback Jalen Ramsey vs. wideout Tyreek Hill is a juicy one.The Jaguars haven’t allowed an opponent to score on its opening possession this season. The Chiefs have scored 52 points in first quarters.Washington (2-1) at New Orleans (3-1), Monday nightA major test for the Redskins, coming off a bye and alone atop their division. The Saints showed against the Giants that they can win without Drew Brees putting on an aerial spectacular as Alvin Kamara scored three TDs rushing, Wil Lutz kicked four field goals, and the defense mostly befuddled New York.Washington’s defense has been surprisingly effective, ranking third overall. It must slow Brees Royce Freeman Jersey White , who has 71,740 yards passing, needing 201 to move ahead of Peyton Manning for the career lead. He’s passed for eight touchdowns with no interceptions, and has rushed for two TDs.Atlanta (1-3) at Pittsburgh (1-2-1)Which of these supposed contenders has been more disappointing?The Falcons have been hammered by injuries on defense, down three starters already, placing an extra burden on the offense. Mostly, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and company have come through — Atlanta has scored 116 points but allowed 122; only Tampa Bay and Oakland have been more generous.Pittsburgh’s issues seem to run deeper than a porous D and too many turnovers, a league-worst nine (tied with the Bucs). The Steelers are runaway leaders in penalties, are missing star RB Le’Veon Bell in a contract dispute and are enveloped in far too much drama.Oakland (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)Both teams can move the ball and are vulnerable on defense, so a shootout might be in the offing.Derek Carr is fourth in the league in completions (120) and completion rate (71.0 percent), and the Raiders are one of three teams with a 100-yard receiver in every game this season.Los Angeles is more balanced. Melvin Gordon leads the AFC in yards from scrimmage (475) and first downs (25), and backup RB Austin Ekeler is averaging 8.6 scrimmage yards, tops for his position. Philip Rivers likes facing the Silver and Black having thrown 41 TDs vs. the Raiders, tied with Denver for his most against any opponent.New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina (2-1)Look for the Panthers to get off to a running start coming off their bye. They are No. 1 in rushing offense and the Giants are No. 29 in run defense. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is coming off a 28-carry, 184-yard performance against Cincinnati.New York doesn’t score much despite two dynamic performers — WR Odell Beckham Jr. and second overall draft choice RB Saquon Barkley. But the rookie can become the third NFL player with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in his first five games, joining Adrian Peterson and Kareem Hunt.Green Bay (2-1-1) at Detroit (1-3)Aaron Rodgers is 13-3 against Detroit, but to win this one he might turn to his running game with his backfield banged up. The Lions rank last against the run, and Green Bay has a three-pronged attack.Although rookie Kerryon Johnson has spurred a decent running game for the Lions, they probably will concentrate on Matthew Stafford throwing to WRs Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay — the first trio of NFL teammates with 50-plus yards receiving each in five straight games played together.Tennessee (3-1) at Buffalo (1-3)Coming off a spectacular rally to beat defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, the Titans are riding high. Expected to be potent rushing the ball, they’ve been so-so. But Marcus Mariota finished 30 of 43 for 344 yards and two touchdowns, plus a TD rushing against the Eagles, and Tennessee converted three fourth-down plays, one by penalty in overtime.The Bills got back to looking inept at Green Bay after that shocking win at Minnesota. They were shut out for first time since 2008 and had 145 yards offense, matching their fewest since a 40-7 loss at Chicago in 2006.Dallas (2-2) at Houston (1-3)Not exactly Santa Anna vs. Davy Crockett at the Alamo, this Texas showdown looks more like a skirmish.The Texans were ballyhooed as a club ready to rise as they got back the likes of J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson. The first time they rose was last Sunday at Indianapolis, and they needed overtime and a gamble by Colts coach Frank Reich that backfired to get their lone victory.Dallas got its offense on track in beating Detroit and faces a mediocre pass defense. Problem is, the Cowboys rank 30th in passing and workhorse running back Since the Texans won their NFL debut against the Cowboys in 2002, Dallas has taken the next three meetings.Denver (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3)Both sides got off to nice starts in 2018 and now are struggling.New York has little offensive flair behind rookie QB Sam Darnold, which was to be expected. He’ll face another difficult defense that can pressure the quarterback: Denver has 10 sacks, four by All-Pro Von Miller.The Broncos can run the ball with a pair of solid rookies, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, but Case Keenum has three touchdown passes and twice as many picks.Arizona (0-4) at San Francisco (1-3)This would seem a good spot for the Cardinals to eliminate that zero in the win column, the only team owning one. But the Niners, despite losing QB Jimmy Garoppolo, showed plenty of fight in their loss to the more talented Chargers.While the overall league is scoring at a record pace, Arizona has 37 points. Through four weeks, 13 teams had scored at least 37 points in a game.

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